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Chardstock Court

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Cherdestok; Chirdestoke

In the civil parish of Chardstock.
In the historic county of Devonshire.
Modern Authority of Devon.
1974 county of Devon.
Medieval County of Dorset.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST30880435
Latitude 50.83454° Longitude -2.98289°

Chardstock Court has been described as a certain Palace, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Former manor house of the Bishops of Salisbury. Fabric of early C14 origin, refashioned in C15/16. Fell into disrepair in C20 and interior is said to have been largely gutted and a new roof added. Stone rubble with freestone dressings. Tiled roofs with coped gable ends. Two storeys. W-shaped on plan. The original south-east wing has various medieval fragments including cusped arch two light mullion window, various re-used arched window heads and chamfered stone door frames. One doorway on north side has four centred arch with a cinquefoil blocked circular window in gable above and a fragment of a shield in apex above that. The stair tower on the north side has a quatrefoil window with a two centred arch hood mould. The north-west wing also with a new roof, two storeys, three bays, entirely refenestrated in mid C20. The south-west wing is an entirely C20 rebuild. Interior is said to have been gutted in C20 but in former list (dated 1960) the following interior features were referred to: "Newel staircase, various plank and muntin partitions, moulded ceiling beams and old fireplaces". A detached range destroyed in circa 1930 had a C15 open timber roof. It was the manor house of the Bishops of Salisbury. (Listed Building Report)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1337 Aug 30 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).
A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1377 July 20.


Licensed in 1337 and licence ratified in 1377. Parish transferred to Devon in 1896.
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